Report: Southampton to launch ambitious bid to sign Bruno Martins Indi

Southampton are reportedly hoping to sign Bruno Martins Indi in the January transfer window.

Southampton are hoping to sign Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The Saints are looking to bolster their squad this month as they push for a Champions League qualification place and they seem to feel that Martins Indi would be an ideal addition.

The defender shot to fame at the World Cup, where his performances at the heart of the Dutch defence helped them gain a third-place finish, and manager Ronald Koeman has kept a close eye on his compatriot ever since.

He has clearly been impressed by what he has seen, too, and apparently plans to start negotiations in the coming weeks.

If Southampton were able to secure the transfer it would be a sizeable coup for the club and it would highlight their intentions this season.

Martins Indi has previously been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United, but the South Coast side are said to be hoping to take advantage of their lofty position to convince him to join their push for a place in Europe.

The 22-year-old fits into Southampton's policy of buying young players, who they can develop, and he would join fellow Dutchman Eljero Elia at St. Mary's if he were to sign. 

Southampton are expected to be fairly active in January and have also been linked with the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Danny Ings in recent weeks. 

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